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Green Economy Project Final Evaluation
Commissioning Unit: Belarus
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2018
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Belarus
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

The EC Services and EUD are recommended to envisage in the budget of future similar projects more training seminars and study tours that may increase awareness of national stakeholders and local beneficiaries of the sector and proper use of deliverables.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/06/26]

Agree. Actions to increase stakeholder awareness of “green economy” aspects should be stepped-up. For future projects, UNDP should carefully consider the existing level of national stakeholders' awareness and plan enough awareness-raising activities matched by enough funds budgeted.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Envisage a necessary number of awareness-raising activities in addition to a pilot for new projects.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
UNDP, national partners, donors 2022/01 Initiated The key action should be carried out on an ongoing basis.
2. Recommendation:

The EUD, UNDP and National partners should use the platform of the Working Group on the development of a National Action Plan for Green Economy in Belarus and other available instruments to improve coordination between the projects and donors in this sector.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/06/26]

Agree. The national Working Group on Green Economy provides an excellent opportunity for a dialogue on green economy issues with the involvement of international expertise and should be utilized by UNDP and other donors as appropriate.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Participate in the Green Economy Working Group meetings on a regular basis.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
MoEnv, UNDP 2022/01 Initiated The first Belarusian Green Economy Action Plan was developed trough the intensive work of the respective Working Group created by the government. UNDP provided full support to this work providing international expertise and some funding. The key action should be carried out on an ongoing basis.
3. Recommendation:

The UNDP and PIU should include the detailed risk analysis in the progress Report and other project reporting documents directed to the EUD and national partners.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/06/26]

UNDP prepares specific Risks and Issues logs on a quarterly basis and could include these logs in the reporting documents to be submitted to the EUD. Agree.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Include quarterly Risks and Issues logs into reporting documents directed to the EUD and national implemented partners.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
UNDP 2022/01 Initiated The standard Risk and Issues logs to be submitted to the EUD and the MoEnv as a part of reporting documents for the Ecomonitoring project. The key action should be carried out on an ongoing basis.
4. Recommendation:

The UNDP and PIU should improve the project intervention logic by including in the project Synopsis and RRF coherently formulated Results and Outputs.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/06/26]

Every UNDP Project Document encapsulates a project specific RRF containing project specific outputs and outcomes devised in a logical and coherent way.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Through the initial quality assurance process check the logic of a project specific RRF for all the newly formulated projects. Discuss a draft RRF with national counterparts and donors.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
UNDP, MoEnv, EUD 2022/01 Initiated The key action should be carried out on an ongoing basis.
5. Recommendation:

The EUD, UNDP and National Partner should positively decide on a no-cost extension, in conjunction with the related TA project, considering the significant impact of the framework project Green Economy in Belaruson on the country and the high interest of beneficiaries in pilot activities and legislative improvements in this sector.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/06/26]

Agree. Prepare all the required documents and take the necessary steps to obtain a no-cost project extension.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Agree a no-cost project extension with the EUD and MoEnv and obtain the respective positive decision of the project board.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
MoEnv, UNDP 2016/09 Completed A no-cost project extension has been granted and officially registered by the Government.
Sign an extension memo and register the no-cost extension with the Ministry of Economy
[Added: 2019/06/26]
MoEnv, UNDP 2016/11 Completed A no-cost project extension has been granted and officially registered by the Government.
6. Recommendation:

UNDP and PIU should give special attention to under-used budget lines to ensure funds utilization in accordance with the project schedule.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/06/26]

The savings from the “under-used” budget lines will be redistributed to other project activities, which are in line with the project goals and objectives.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Identify and double check the amount of savings and the “under-used” budget lines and formulate proposals for the savings redistribution.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
PIU 2016/09 Completed The savings of the “under-used” budget lines were redistributed to the project activities corresponding and contributing to the project goals and objectives following a respective approval by the donor and Project Board
Discuss the proposed funds re-distribution with the EUD and national partners and get an approval from the Project Board.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
MoEnv, UNDP, EUD 2016/10 Completed The savings of the “under-used” budget lines were redistributed to the project activities corresponding and contributing to the project goals and objectives following a respective approval by the donor and Project Board
7. Recommendation:

The EUD, UNDP and National Partner are recommended to replicate the effective partnerships and joint action mechanisms applied by the project in other regions of Belarus in the future. 

Management Response: [Added: 2019/06/26]

Agree. The effective partnerships and joint action mechanisms will be replicated to the extent possible as part of other EU-funded projects implemented by UNDP.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Analyze the lessons learned from the Green Economy project, including the successful partnerships mechanisms.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
PIU, UNDP, MoEnv 2016/11 Completed The successful partnership mechanisms that worked well are now used in the EU-funded Ecomonitoring project. They will also be applied to other projects to the extent possible and reasonable.
Integrate the successful partnership mechanisms into future EU-funded (and funded by other donors) projects.
[Added: 2019/06/26]
UNDP, MoEnv, EUD 2022/01 Initiated The successful partnership mechanisms that worked so well are now used in the Ecomonitoring project. Those will be also applied to other project to the extent possible and reasonable. The key action should be carried out on an ongoing basis.

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